A delicatessen store/cafe for the food lovers. Stach offers daily changing fresh ready-to-eat meals. They also have a nice assortment of daily necessities such as olive oil, bread, cheeses, wines and other delicacies. You can take a sit at the nice upper gallery, look over the street and enjoy! Adres: Van Woustraat 154, Amsterdam Website: Stach
Yoghurt barn, organic and very tasty new concept cafe. Pleasant atmosphere, where you can enjoy nice breakfast, delicious frozen yogurt and a high tea style brunch, Beside you can find sandwiches and cakes. You can choose your favorite yogurt and then add as many different topping as you like: fresh fruits,nuts, seeds and many more – make it as tasty or healthy as you want! Address: Eerste van der Helststraat 80, Amsterdam Website: yoghurt barn
The Scandinavian Embassy is all about Swedish style – clean, modern and welcoming pure comfort food. In the Scandinavian Embassy you can enjoy delicious coffees combined with healthy breakfasts or tasty lunches inspired by Swedish classics. You can “Gravad lax” (salmon, the Swedish way) or taste the “Kalöps” (Swedish stew). This is pure comfort food. SE is located next to “Albert Cuyp” market, and a in front of the Sarphatipark. Address: Sarphatipark 34 ,Amsterdam Website: Scandinavian embassy
How lucky I am that one of my favorite designers is also my neighbour?! I’m very happy to introduce Hilde Tempelman – the super talented designer behind the ATELIER TEMPEL. Amsterdams smallest department store! (what a great name is that!). Hilde is designing accessories, handcrafted bags, scarves, bijoux, paper goods, dolls, pillow covers an other home decorations- all hand-made by her! Hilde is re-using vintage fabrics to create bags and accessories. I love her work. It’s full with imagination, originality, sense of humor and with her amazing twist on everything she makes. A visit to the atelier/shop is a visit to a true magical place and a great opportunity to meet the wonderful Hilde in person 🙂 For more exciting things to see in Amsterdam check this guide.
A few weeks ago I went to “Unseen”. This photo fair was a four days celebration of inspiration and talent at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. Galleries from all around the world presented their work. I was overwhelmed by the diversity of ideas, techniques and subjects of photographers. Close to my heart was were the collages with different materials integrated such as paper and threads. Till next year! The thread works are by the amazing Julie Cockburn. The tower in the photo is a real tower (!) in Hong Kong. The big portraits on the floor and walls are a part of this.
Week(s) of happy celebrations. I celebrated my birthday on Monday with lots of love, family, good friends, laughter and sun…:-) Later on the day we took a long walk at one of our favorite places outside of Amsterdam. There we saw a huge group of Swans floating on the water. Never saw it before. It was a pure magic. Thank you FRANKIE Magazine for publishing my work on the next day- great timing..;-)
In the last two days I went to “Meet the Bloggers” event in Amsterdam. The first day was interesting. Listening to and meeting with the key note speaker, the one and only Victoria Smith from SF Girl by Bay followed by a very inspiring workshop done by Kirsten Jassies. I met nice bloggers from different places and it was nice to finally connect some names and faces together…:-) The second day was all about visiting the Woonbeurs. Nice designs, trends, shops. For me it was a to-long day there, a few more workshops would have been a better option…;-) All together, beside some hiccups (that I hope will be improve in the future) the whole event was a good experience. Hand embroider rings by Corina Ritveld Beautiful designs by Ulrike Jurklies from momantai-design
+ I’m regularly updating this guide. Adding new exciting places and address. If you want to be updated you can register to my mailing list on the right, thanks! After many requests to share tips about good places to visit in Amsterdam,….here it is: “The best secret guide to Amsterdam – De Pijp” or “Don’t forget to bring your umbrella!” When visiting other cities there is nothing I like doing more than following a local guide and discover the hidden treasures of a place. The kind of places that only locals knows about. All the places & shops mentioned in this guide are based on my personal recommendation only. I don’t have any benefits from sharing this information. I collected them because for me they make this place special. All photos are taken by me (unless mentioned otherwise). I also included Google maps for easy searching and localization. De Pijp/Museum Quarter is where I live for the last 10 years, the neighborhood that I love very much. You can find here museums, parks, shops, cafes, …
Last week we celebrated Liam’s birthday. Three years. Pure love and happiness. Love the long mornings we spending together. Playing, building, talking, singing, dancing, creating things together. So much joy. Happy birthday my little one!